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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I haven noticed any sororities or fraternities in my school. My school is pretty small so I would say that its not a big part of our lives.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life on campus. The closest thing we have are upperclassmen of the Division III sports teams typically live in houses together as a team and those houses occasionally have house parties with kegs. But there are plenty of off-campus parties thrown by people not involved in sports teams as well.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life does not exist.

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Clarkies do not have and do not want Greek life on their campus. The administration made the decision to ban fraternities and sororities years ago, and it was obviously not an unpopular decision. Most students praise the absence of Greek life and consider it one less thing they have to worry about when it comes to college—not having to decide if they want to join, no hazing, and no dichotomy between frat members’ parties and the rest of the student body. Some will speculate that sports teams function as Clark’s own brand of fraternities, but they are neither as popular nor powerful as Greek life tends to be on other campuses. They do not have a direct say in the politics of the student body, and if they were to disappear altogether, there would be little perceptible change in the social dynamic of the campus.

What Clark does have in place of Greek life—and the category that sports teams more accurately fall into—are popular, tight-knit student groups. Clark has more than 70 separate student organizations that are active all over campus. Most Clarkies are members of at least one group on campus to some degree, and the programming and events that they provide are the life-blood of the on-campus social scene. While they are not anywhere close to the lifelong brotherhood or sisterhood that Greek life is supposed to provide, they do offer Clarkies a positive outlet for socializing, community outreach, and character building.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda: Nontraditional Students' Honor Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma: National Management Honor Society
  • Fiat Lux: Clark University Academic Honor Society
  • Gryphon And Pleiades: Senior Leaders' Society
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon: Economics Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa: Highest National Academic Honor Society
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon: National Chemistry Honor Society
  • Phi Sigma Tau: National Philosophy Honor Society
  • Sigma Pi Sigma: National Physics Honor Society
Did You Know?
  • Since the early 1980s, Clark has had a strict "no fraternity/sorority" policy in place that prevents the existence of any Greek life on campus.
  • There are rumors and urban legends to the tune of "someone had a son that died while pledging, so the parents gave Clark a huge endowment on the condition that they never allow fraternities again." However, the University states that the reason for the lack of Greek life is that they "are not prepared to provide the extraordinary supervision that Greek social organizations require to maintain them as positive, healthy contributors to student life."

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 100% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 58% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 31% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 35 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 6% Somewhat easy.
  • 3% Somewhat difficult.
  • 74% Very difficult.


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